Twyla Aurora Julianna (Hanson) Hovelsrud

August 4, 1930 ~ December 8, 2020 (age 90)


Twyla Aurora Julianna Hovelsrud, age 90, of Fertile, MN, passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at Riverview Health in Crookston, MN.

Twyla Aurora Julianna Hanson was born on August 4, 1930, in rural Fertile, MN, the daughter of the late Elmer and Julia (Erlandson) Hanson.   She was raised on the family farm and graduated from Fertile High School.   On June 2, 1948 Twyla was united in marriage to Morris “Morrie” Hovelsrud in Crookston. After living in Crookston for 2 years they moved to rural Fairfax Township where they remained until Morris’s death.  She then then moved to the Fairmeadows Assisted Living for the past 2 years.  Together, Morrie and Twyla raised their three children: Cheryl, Pam, and David in a very loving home.  She worked in retail, selling advertising, secretarial work at Crookston Central High School and bookkeeping for a few businesses including Morrie's Standard Service and various jobs for the Irishman’s Shanty.  In her free time, she loved to read, craft, travel, fish, tend to her flower garden and spend time with family and friends at the lake.

Twyla is survived by her children, Cheryl (Samuel) Hartman of Waynesville, NC, Pam (Doug) Sorensen of Mentor, MN, and David (Emelia) Hovelsrud of Park Rapids, MN;  9 grandchildren: Todd (Deanne) Strausbaugh, Troy Strausbaugh, Marc (Jeni) Sorensen, Paul (Yumiko) Sorensen, Daniel Hovelsrud, Maija Hovelsrud, Thelma Jepsen, Astvaldur Gujonsson, and Vignir Hovelsrud; 8 great-grandchildren: Nick (Angela), Tom (Rachel), Ben, Kalyn, Gage, Cole, Ella, and Tyeki; and 5, great-great grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Lois Bagley of Crookston and Joan Westlake of Detroit Lakes, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years Morris “Morrie” Hovelrud; parents, Elmer and Julia Hanson; sister, Sanchia Engstrom; niece, Deanne; and nephew, Rick.

Celebration of life will be held for Twyla in the summer of 2021.

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